July 13, 2011
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (seminoles.com) - Florida State men's golf signee Lucas Bjerregaard, who will begin his academic and athletic career as a Seminoles in August, will play in his first career major tournament as he tees off on Thursday in the 140th British Open at the Royal St. George's Golf Club in Sandwich, England. Bjerregaard will tee off at 7:48 a.m ET on Thursday (July 13) and is playing with Brandt Snedeker and Trevor Immelman in the first round.
Bjerregaard qualified to play in the British Open as he won the 2010 European Amateur Championship in 2010. He became only the second player from Denmark to win the European Amateur Championship.
The 2011 Open Championship is being held at the par-70, 7,211-yard Royal St. George's Golf Club, which has hosted four championships since 1981 with the most recent taking place in 2003. That year American Ben Curtis won the Claret Jug. Louis Oosthuizen of South Africa is the defending champion.
Live coverage of the Open Championship will be shown on ESPN beginning at 4:00 a.m. ET Thursday and Friday morning.
Bjerregaard won the European Amateur Championship in 2010 at the age of 18 to qualify for the 2011 British Open. He finished the 2010 European Amateur Championship with a 15-under par score and shot a course record 64 in the third round of the event. Bjeeregaard has also earned top 15 individual finishes in the World Amateur Team Championships, the Turkish Amateur and the Rolex Tournament of Champions and earned a second place finish in the German Junior Masters in 2009.
Bjerregaard is expected to become an instant member of the Seminoles' starting line-up upon his arrival as a freshman and is currently the No. 36 ranked scratch player in the World Amateur Rankings. He is the second Florida State men's golfer to play in the British Open in the last two years after Seminole All-American George McNeil played in The Open in 2010.
Seminole All-American Jeff Sluman played in the British Open a school record 13 times while Paul Azinger played in The Open 11 times and finished in a tie for second place in 1987.
"It's always special when an amateur qualifies to play in a professional event and it's even more special when it's a major championship," said head coach Trey Jones. "It's ironic that as Drew Kittleson - who played in both the US Open and the Master's Championship during his career here - completes his career that we have an incoming freshman represent his country and Florida State University in the British Open."